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Sarsfield Family HistoryThis interesting surname can be regarded as being an Irish name as recordings of same date back as early as the 12th Century. However, the de in the recording of Williemus de Sharisfeld (1252) which appears in the Pipe Rolls of Cloyne, Co. Cork, suggests that it may be a locational name from a place in England, perhaps one of the estimated seven to ten thousand lost villages and hamlets which disappeared from maps in Britain. Enforced clearing of former inhabitants to make way for sheep pastures in the 14th Century and also the Black Death of 1345, were the prime causes of these disappearances...
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